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11/22/2017 12:24 PM
Lauren Alaina, Cam and More Set for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sara Evans, Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett each have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. This year, Alaina released her first film Road Less Traveled and scored her first No. 1 hit of the same title. Cam and her husband Adam Weaver celebrated their first year of marriage in... Read more »

11/22/2017 10:47 AM
What Thanksgiving Means to Country
I can probably sum up almost everyone’s ideal Thanksgiving with three words: family and food. But when it comes to counting blessings, everyone seems to have a different story. And just in time for the holiday on Thursday (Nov. 23), the country stars are reflecting on what the holiday means to them. Thomas Rhett “You... Read more »

11/22/2017 10:08 AM
Lady Antebellum’s Holidays Look Good
When Lady Antebellum played the WUSN Stars & Strings benefit show in Chicago last week, I had a chance to talk with the band backstage — before they took the stage, and before they took off for the Thanksgiving holiday. And now that all three band members are raising three kids — and there are... Read more »

11/22/2017 08:19 AM
Darius Rucker on Small Town Blessings
When Darius Rucker was growing up in Charleston, SC, his mom made sure that he counted his blessings. Probably every day, and especially on Thanksgiving. I caught up with Rucker at the WUSN Stars & Strings benefit show in Chicago last week, and we talked about carrying on that kind of grateful tradition. “When I... Read more »

11/22/2017 08:12 AM
Dolly Parton’s Revenge and Johnny Cash’s Last Song to Chart
It has become a well-known part of musical folklore that Elvis Presley declined to record Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You” because Parton wouldn’t give him half the publishing rights, as his manager, Col. Tom Parker, demanded. Losing the Elvis cut nearly broke Parton’s heart. Momentarily. But the song ultimately did pretty well without... Read more »

11/21/2017 11:22 AM
LANco Lands Its First Top Single with “Greatest Love Story”
Ho! Ho-hum. Christmas is in the air — but not under the tree yet. In other words, the charts didn’t exactly light up with new music this week. But there are glimpses of brighter days ahead. Certainly, it’s already holiday time for LANco. The band scores its first No. 1 single with “Greatest Love Story”... Read more »

11/21/2017 11:06 AM
Kip Moore Releases Soul-Baring Documentary
Kip Moore‘s 33-minute documentary The Journey to Slowheart exposes the man behind the music in a way that has never been done before. The piece has Moore giving a personal tour of the places that have directly impacted his life and his songs. His followers will meet his family in his hometown of Tifton, Georgia,... Read more »

11/21/2017 09:51 AM
Kelsea Ballerini and Her New Groove
Sometimes, I judge a song by its title. Other times, it takes a line or two for me to realize if I will love or hate a song. And that’s how I feel about Kelsea Ballerini‘s “In Between.” It’s one of the first cuts I fell for off her new album Unapologetically. Because, lyrics. I’m... Read more »

11/21/2017 09:08 AM
Cam Introduces World to “Diane”
Thanksgiving is going to lean a little more country this year, when Cam takes part in the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day on Thursday (Nov. 23). But she’s not just rolling down the streets of Manhattan, she is actually performing her brand new single “Diane.” “How amazing to be coming in on Thanksgiving when people... Read more »

11/20/2017 10:00 AM
Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show Set for CMT Crossroads
It will be a totally original Nashville night when Kesha shares the stage with Old Crow Medicine Show live on an all-new CMT Crossroads. Both the pop superstar and the Grammy-winning acoustic Americana band call Music City home, and the concert experience will be filmed in the Tennessee capital. The hour-long concert special will premiere... Read more »

11/20/2017 09:30 AM
2017 American Music Awards: Keith Urban Has Some Backseat Gratitude
When you take the stage to accept any honor, you might not have enough time to thank everyone on your mind. So what Keith Urban did after Sunday night’s (Nov. 19) 2017 American Music Awards — where he took home awards for favorite male artists — country, favorite album-country for Ripcord, and favorite song-country for... Read more »

11/20/2017 09:17 AM
Little Big Town Play Brentwood Benefit
This is the life. Going to an intimate Little Big Town concert, being greeted with trays of champagne, and knowing the whole night that you’re a part of something even greater. That was the scene on Thursday evening (Nov. 16) at the Nashville estate of celebrated jewelry designer Johnathon Arndt and his husband, Newman. The... Read more »

11/20/2017 09:13 AM
Last Weekend’s Greatest Hits
Sometimes, the best part of my weekend is just virtually following the country stars all over. With a little help from social media. This last weekend, I got to see exactly what they were up to. Like the way Maren Morris was digging the British singalong on her most profane song. And Kacey Musgraves admitted... Read more »

11/20/2017 09:06 AM
Country Stars Mourn Mel Tillis
Even though country legend Mel Tillis had his heyday a few decades ago — from the late ’60s to the early ’80s — he made an indelible mark on the country singers and songwriters who followed his lead. And after the news of his death at age 85 spread on Sunday morning (Nov. 19), the... Read more »

11/19/2017 10:56 AM
Mel Tillis Dies at Age 85
Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis died on Sunday (Nov. 19) at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure, according to his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs. Despite his many distinctions as a performer, songwriter, actor and music publisher, Tillis was most... Read more »

11/17/2017 12:28 PM
Hear Kelleigh Bannen’s Soulful “O Holy Night” and “Deck the Halls”
On Thursday (Nov. 16), Kelleigh Bannen, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, showed she is one of country music’s greatest storytellers to emerge from Nashville within the last decade. And she did it in less than a minute. To plug her new soulful versions of “O Holy Night” and “Deck the Halls,” Bannen parodied... Read more »

11/16/2017 04:05 PM
The Inspiration Behind Taylor Swift’s “New Year’s Day”
Last week, she won the CMA song of the year as the sole writer behind Little Big Town’s No. 1 hit “Better Man.” But “New Year’s Day” marks Taylor Swift‘s official return to country radio. Her label Big Machine Records sent the song to country radio programmers nationwide on Wednesday night (Nov. 15). Co-written with... Read more »

11/16/2017 02:45 PM
Eddie Montgomery Will Continue Montgomery Gentry
In music, artists are on a constant search to find their forever creative partners. Mick Jagger has Keith Richards. Jimmy Page has Robert Plant. Paul McCartney had John Lennon. In country music, Montgomery Gentry‘s Eddie Montgomery had Troy Gentry. In a new interview with People, Montgomery said he lost a piece of his soul when... Read more »

11/16/2017 11:55 AM
With Blake Shelton, Christmas Is Always Merry
One Christmas in Oklahoma, then another Christmas in California. That definitely sounds like twice as much fun, if you love the holidays as much as Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani do. Stefani told Extra that that’s their plan for this Christmas season so that they don’t have to be apart when it matters most. “We... Read more »

11/16/2017 11:39 AM
How Darius Rucker Felt About “Hold My Hand”
When the Country Music Association called Darius Rucker and asked if he’d help open the Nov. 8 Awards show with his 1994 hit song “Hold My Hand,” he said he was shocked. “For the song that (Hootie & the Blowfish) played in clubs for years and years to be opening the CMAs — with a... Read more »

11/16/2017 11:21 AM
PHOTOS: Tour Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s New Exhibit
Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a private preview of the new exhibit Faith Hill & Tim McGraw: Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man on Wednesday (Nov. 15). In their opening remarks (which lasted 12 minutes), the country power couple wanted to thank every soul that has ever been part of their respective careers.... Read more »

11/16/2017 10:37 AM
What Garth Brooks’ Book Taught Me
Garth Brooks’ new book The Anthology: Part 1 starts 32 years ago. His first chapter is titled “Late Summer, 1985,” and it begins with Brooks’ pre-Nashville days. His band at the time — a cover band that played all over Oklahoma — was called Santa Fe. But a couple years later, he packed up his... Read more »

11/15/2017 11:45 AM
Nashville Season Six Gets a Premiere Date
Get ready, Nashies. Season six of hit CMT series Nashville returns Jan. 4, 2018. Stars Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson revealed the news online on Tuesday (Nov. 14). We have a special announcement from @haydenpanettier and @JonathanJackson… The new season of #NashvilleCMT premieres Thursday, January 4 on @CMT. pic.twitter.com/t7zGl0VPP3 — Nashville on CMT (@NashvilleCMT) November... Read more »

11/15/2017 11:17 AM
Carrie Underwood Is “Doing Great” After Surgery
Carrie Underwood is back at home recovering from surgery to heal her broken wrist. Underwood posted a Twitter update on her injury on Wednesday morning (Nov. 15) saying the procedure went well and that she’s “doing great.” “Even though I’ll be setting off airport metal detectors from now on,” she joked, “I’m so thankful for... Read more »